A Jaipur-based startup will produce battery nanomaterials from agricultural waste.

Jaipur-based energy startup Cancrie has started producing nanomaterials from agricultural waste to be used in batteries and capacitors that increase their energy efficiency. “We have a proprietary process that takes organic waste and turns it into nanocarbons. It is then added to batteries and capacitors to increase their energy and capacity”, said the company’s CEO Mahi Singh. The startup has experimented with agricultural waste, urban waste, and paper-based waste such as chicken and husk, hair, human sediment, sugarcane pellets, nut shells, chicken mash, and even sewage sludge. 

advantages of agricultural waste

“We are currently focusing on agricultural waste for two reasons. The first is commercial feasibility. There is a huge amount of waste available and we also get high-quality coal from there. Another is that the ash content and multiple components of this waste produce good quality carbon”, said Singh, who co-founded the company with CEO Akshay Jain. Currently, the company, named after the planet founded by NASA in 2004, has two sources capable of delivering 20 tons of waste per day. The waste is sorted, cleaned, and ground to a specific size, then goes through Cancrie’s energy-efficient, proprietary process to transform it into advanced nanocarbons. “We produce advanced materials from waste for more efficient energy storage devices. Our material is energy efficient and easy to deploy” said Singh, adding that it is aimed at the lead-acid battery industry.

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